Frankly I wouldn't touch barley grass with a 90 foot pole! I don't care what it says. Just how careful are they when they harvest it? Did any happen to go to seed or the beginnings of seed? Where was it grown? Somewhere that it had gone to seed in previous years or worse yet -- an old wheat field? What equipment is it harvested on? The same equipment as wheat or barley that has gone to seed? Nahhhh, I'll pass on that thank you very much. I think like Abby says ---- lots of fresh leafy greens.
Culturelle makes a gluten-free & dairy free capsule probiotic. Very good. If you're doing dairy then Greek yogurt.
Like Abbs says --- make sure all the supplements are sure fire gluten-free.
As to ACV, I'm wondering if the sulfites in it are affecting the rash. Reason I say that is b/c it seems when I drink wine (sulfites) my dh flares more. Not an ironclad conclusion yet but enough suspicion there for me to question it. I'll have to test the wine theory 3 or 4 more times before I'm sure. Today I don't feel like testing it. Might not tomorrow either. LOL! And then, we are all different so what happens to me may not happen to the next person. And I understand there are sulfite free wines out there if one really desires to drink wine.
Bleach baths? That's up to you. I'm with Abbs on that one --- Eeeek! But whatever floats your boat ya know.
There are people on this site who do alternative therapy. Lots of them. You ought to post a thread in the post dx forum asking about it.
Don't forget Vit C is good for your skin too & it's something you can't OD on so go nuts if you've a mind to.
Okay, now to your first question as to if moisturizing is a factor in the healing. NO. That's my short answer. This is really hard to wrap your head around & I think 1 reason is b/c we humans are so accoustomed to being able to take pills or treatments for just about everything that ails us. We are getting a cold, we take Vit C & zinc, we get allergies, we take antihistamines, we get aches, we use Ben Gay, we get flu & pneumonia vaccines & so on even with prescription drugs. We have developed a certain unconscious arrogance that we can control things, or have a certain amount of control over things. We simply find it impossible to accept that we have no control over this rash other than a strict gluten-free diet but we have zero control over the hour to hour, day to day, month to month presentation of this rash. We persist in thinking we can do something, anything, to heal it & make it go away. But the flat out truth is that this rash is beyond our control. We can stay off gluten & even go low iodine but that's where our control over this stuff ends. For well over a year, I thought I could control it in some way. My hubs still reverts back to thinking he can heal it somehow. If I hear him say these things one more time, I think I will scream!: "Maybe it needs the Caladryl & it will dry it up & then it will heal." or "Maybe it is too dry now & needs the vaseline to moisturize it. I may have burned it too much with the Caladryl & now need to moisturize & that will heal it". And there are many more he says. He knows he can't heal it but still has times when he can't accept the fact that nothing he does is going to heal the danged stuff until it's good & ready to heal! One thing is fact --- when a lesion or lesions decide to heal; they heal up so fast it can near make your head spin. It can look like total hell for weeks & then in 3 days your skin is amazingly healed. Jaw droppingly fast! This rash has a mind of it's own & nothing we do will stop it from going through it's cycle. It will break out & I guarantee it is not going to heal until it's damned good & ready to decide to heal no matter what we apply to it topically or orally. As long as we persist in trying to control it, we will make it worse by stressing about it. The sooner we accept the fact that there isn't a thing we can do; the lower our stress level goes & the better off we are. You can make yourself in-freakin-sane trying to figure out how to control this stuff & all you do is make yourself nuts.
The only thing we can do is whatever it is that makes it feel better at whatever given point in time or cycle of the rash.